Right from the Start: 
Building the Foundation for School Success

Learning begins at birth. During a child’s first years, the brain undergoes its most dramatic development. as the capacities for thinking, language, emotion and self-regulation are formed. In fact, what happens during these first critical years significantly influences a child’s chance for school success.

A strong early care and education system, starting at birth and continuing into a child’s early elementary years, is the foundation to ensure that children are reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, a key “learning moment,” when they begin reading to learn, rather than learning to read. This early literacy is the foundation of future academic success.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s Right from the Start campaign is aimed at strengthening the state’s early learning system by enacting stronger public policies for young children and increasing investments in programs and services that pay strong dividends over the course of a child’s life.

The campaign’s specific goals are:

• Providing children with positive early experiences in the infant and toddler years.

•  Ensuring families have access to quality child care.

•  Expanding access to high-quality, state-funded preschool.

•  Aligning preschool through 3rd grade education.

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